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Youth Sport, Physical Activity and Play by Don Vinson, Andrew Parker

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10  Sports coaching and young people in the twenty-first century

Simon Padley and Don Vinson

Introduction

Sports coaching is a valued vocational activity which, in recent years, has enjoyed a significantly heightened policy profile within the UK (Taylor and Garratt, 2010). Indeed, the past decade has witnessed the publication of several key policy documents which have brought considerable challenges both to the coaching workforce and to sports governing bodies. By 2016 it is the intention of Sports Coach UK (SCUK – the strategic agency for sports coaching in Britain), to have professionalised the industry and established a world-leading coaching system (National Coaching Foundation (NCF), 2008). The process of professionalisation requires a step-change ...

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